Dispatches from the Edge LP: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
After growing up on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Cooper felt a magnetic pull toward the unknown. If he could keep moving, and keep exploring, he felt he could stay one step ahead of his past, including...more
...Oh wait. I should be talking about his book, not his devastatingly handsome looks. Whoops! See what college education has done for women?
Dispatches from the edge was a very...not edgy book. Entertaining and enlightening perhaps, but but it is more likely to be that to someone who does not listen to NPR or BBC, or just does not know what is going on...more
Only partway thru...But who would've thought the gay son of Gloria Vanderbuilt would toss himself into war-torn countries in his tender 20's just to get the story. He is such an amazingly brave and complicated fellow. Not just that annoying CNN guy. Wow. Liking the memoir so far...
The wars are comprehensive--Bosnia, Somalia, Niger, Iraq. The...more
Disappointment set in pretty quickly and after only reading a couple chapters, it was very clear that this was a horribly ghost written piece of garbage. There is absolutely no emotional depth to any of the s...more
Where In The World Is Anderson Cooper?, 27 May 2006
Anderson Cooper relates this "All this came about for me in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and I started writing about a week after. In many ways, I'd been sort of writing it in my head for the last 15 years. "But there was something about this sort of combination of the present that I was seeing, this horror and this tragedy, and the bravery and the compassion of the people I was meeting." "I was surrounded by all these moments from my past,"...more
This is not to say the book lacks emotion; Anderson describes his grief, his obsessions, and his mistakes with the same quick precision that he uses to describe Katrina's devistation. I was impressed by how much feeling, how much...more
In 2005, two tragedies--the Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina--turned CNN reporter Anderson Cooper into a media celebrity. Dispatches from the Edge, Cooper's memoir of "war, disasters and survival," is a brief but powerful chronicle of Cooper's ascent to stardom and his struggle with his own tragedies and demons. Cooper was 10 years old when his father, Wyatt Cooper, died during heart bypass surgery. He was 20 when his beloved older brother, Carter, committed suicide by jumping off his mother'...more
Up until I read this book, believe it or not, I had no idea that Anderson Cooper was the son of Gloria Vanderbuilt, famous for her jeans back in the 70's.
This book was in a word - AMAZING!
The deeper I got into this book, the deeper I fell in love with Anderson Cooper and have been in awe by this guy ever since.
I think that for a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he has proven to the world that he climbed the ladder of success with no help from his family, but rather t...more
So the book was a bit of a surprise. I picked it up expecting to hear a bit about the news stories he's covered, and he certainly provides that i...more
Anderson Cooper's Dispatches From...more
Because they want to understand the life they lead by looking back at the life they led.
Why do people read memoirs?
More or less the same reason, but just reversed. Isn’t it rather fashionable to read about someone else’s life, learn what you can and quote it next time in casual conversation in order to pass oneself as learned?
Sure we can.
At times we do and even get a kick out of it equally, especially when someone takes notice of it and marvels at your apt usage of it...more
Anderson Cooper is a dark person with a troubled past (know knew?). His memoirs are a very personal soul-searching attempt at making sense of his place in the world. These memoirs are the products of his efforts as he travels the worlds and sees the humanity at its lowest and lives among it - sometimes as a sheltered...more
The writing is not overly-pedantic in the least, and is, in fact, offered in short, crisp, AP News style, which makes it a pretty quick read. But, that said, th...more
I've never really liked Anderson Cooper. He's always struck me as self-important and a little inhuman since he never seems to crack a smile. I actually like him just a teensy bit more after reading this. True, it's hard to buy into his "poor little rich kid" background. It seems pretty clear that he is where h...more
It’s an interesting and very honest look into the stories he’s lived through and covered. He interweaves his reflections on some of the most powerful stories that he has covered, with his own life and the part that that has played in his journey to this point in time.
Each of the stories that he talks about involve massive human suffering. He recounts his time spent in Sri Lanka following the tsunami, his travels to Iraq to cover...more
Cooper is the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the ar...more